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Special Cover on 450 years of Holy Spirit Church, Margao – 24th May 2015.
The Church of the Holy Spirit was first constructed in 1564 at the initiative of the then Provincial of the Jesuits, Fr. Antonio Quadros, the choice of the site having been made by the first Archbishop of Goa, D. Gaspar Leao Pereira (1560-67). The first mass was celebrated on Saturday in Albis (i.e. on 11th April, the Saturday before the second Sunday of Easter) of 1565. This church was destroyed by fire during the invasion by the Muslims in 1571. The second, built at the same spot and of the same material was destroyed in 1579, eight years later. The third edition had a very short duration. The fourth church building was built a little further away from the first, in 1589 and consecrated in 1595; it was extended in 1604. This whole edifice was demolished in 1645 and 30 years later in 1675, the present church building, the fifth one, was built. Its frontispiece is majestic and artistic and at its center one can see, high and above, the Holy Spirit and below it the Cenacle. Church of the Holy Spirit is one of the finest examples of Indian Baroque architecture.
A special cover was released on the occasion of the Church’s 450 years celebration coinciding with its feast day on 24th May 2015 at Margao. The special cover was released by Shri Charles Lobo, Postmaster General, Goa Region and was handed over to the Chief Guest, Mr. Justice (Retd.) Eurico Santana Silva. Holy Spirit Church's Parish Priest Mr. Avinash Rebello and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. The cancellation on the cover shows the picture of a dove which is the symbol of the Holy Spirit. (Special Cover approval no. MH/20/2015)
The sale of the cover was immediately withdrawn citing that the words "Holy Spirit Church” have not clearly appeared on the cancellation. While it was a major disappointment to all Philatelists, only a few could avail the covers before they were withdrawn. The sale of the said Special Covers will be started in another 2 to 4 days at the Margao and Panaji Head Post Offices, the authorities said.
Courtesy: Kaushik Dessai, Goa
Special Cover on Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna - 18th May 2015.
The Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna, launched on 11th October 2014, is a dream Project of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Under this project Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India, has adopted Alawalpur village of Patna district. On 18th May 2015, Hon’ble Minister inaugurated a fully computerized and modern Sub Post Office at Alawalpur village. On this occasion a special cover on Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna was released by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad at Alawalpur, Dist. Patna. The special cover bears the post office premises as well as the logo of Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana as cover illustration and ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ as Cancellation.
Courtesy: Lalit K. Mishra, Patna
Special Cover on RCB "Game for Green" cricket match held at Bengaluru – 17th May 2015.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, also called RCB is the franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Royal Challengers, who pride themselves in creating environmental awareness among their fans, initiated Go Green initiative step towards addressing the issue of global warming, reducing its impact on the environment and to reduce our carbon foot-print. RCB have been promoting 'Go Green' efforts for the last few years.
In appreciation of Royal Challengers Bangalore's efforts as a sports team in India, spreading the message of eco-friendly initiatives and the world's first carbon positive cricket team Karnataka Postal Circle released My Stamp and Special Cover on 17th May 2015 at Bengaluru. (Special Cover approval no. KTK/43/2015)
My Stamp bears the Royal Challengers Bangalore logo alongside a Cineraria flower stamp and the special cover depicts the profile shots of three of RCB's key players, Chris Gayle, Ab De Villiers and Captain Virat Kohli set in the foreground of the world's only solar powered cricket stadium – M. Chinaswamy Stadium. The special cover is made of eco friendly material and priced at Rs. 25. (Special Cover with my Stamp Rs. 45 each)
My Stamp and Special Cover were released by Daniel Vettori Coach of RCB with members of the Karnataka Postal Circle Shri B S Chandrashekar, Assistant Director of Postal Services, Shri Shivram, Assistant Postmaster General, and Shri K A Devraj, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices.
Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru
Special Cover on first postal ATM of Bihar Circle at Patna - 16th May 2015.
Union Information and Technology Minister Ravishankar Prasad inaugurated the first postal ATM in Bihar at PATNA GPO on 16th May 2015. Hon’ble Minister also inaugurated the Core Banking Solution at 31 Head Post Offices of Bihar Postal Circle. On this occasion Shri Ravishankar Prasad released a Special Cover to commemorate first postal ATM of Bihar Postal Circle. Bihar Finance Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav and senior state BJP leaders Sushil Kumar Modi and Nand Kishore Yadav were present at the function. The cover bears Patna GPO premises as well as newly installed ATM location as cover illustration and the logo of India Post as Cancellation.
Courtesy: Lalit K. Mishra, Patna
EG NPEX - 2015 Philatelic Exhibition at Kakinada - 15th - 17th May 2015.
Numismatic & Philatelic Society of East Godavari organized ‘EGNPEX – 2015’ the State Level Philatelic & Numismatic Exhibition on the occasion of decennial anniversary at Surya Kalamandir, Kakinada from 15th to 17th May 2015.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Shri B. V. Sudhakar, Chief Postmaster General, Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle on 15th May 2015. Shri M. Sampath, Postmaster General, Vijayawada Postal Region, Smt. Sharda Sampath, Postmaster General, Visakhapatnam Postal Region and Smt. L. Seshakumari, Vice President, Saraswathi Ganasabha and Ex. Member Philatelic Advisory Committee were special guests on the occasion.
On 15th May 2015, three special covers and a souvenir were released by Shri B. V. Sudhakar, Shri M. Sampath, Smt. Sharda Sampath and other guests on dais.
First special cover was released on Smt. Dokka Seethamma (Annapurna) (Special Cover approval no. AP/8/2015).
Considered as a saint during her own life, Dokka Seethamma (1841-1909 C.E.) spent years feeding the poor and sick in her village. She was born in 1841 in Mandapeta. She was known by many as “Annapuurnamma”. This was because of her sadgunams like Atithi-seva and Anna-daanam. To whoever was hungry, she used to cook food and serve them. In no time her fame went to all directions. In 1902, December, she was called to Delhi for receiving an award for her daana-gunam. With great Vinayam, thinking that Atithi-seva, Anna-daanam are the minimum things that Bhaarateeya Samskruti imposed in order to show one’s Krutagnyata to his fellow humans, she didnt attend the function to receive the award. After her death, the holy woman was lauded throughout India as "Apara Annapurna"- an incarnation of the goddess Annapurna. The special cancellation depicts Smt. Dokka Seethamma feeding poor people.
Second special cover was released on Dowleswaram Anicut on Godavari River by Sir Arthur Thomas Cotton. (Special Cover approval no. (AP/9/2015).
The Dowleswaram Barrage is an irrigation structure which is built on the lower stretch of the Godavari River before it empties into the Bay of Bengal. It was built by a British irrigation engineer, Sir Arthur Thomas Cotton. General Sir Arthur Thomas Cotton KCSI (15 May 1803 – 24 July 1899) was a British general and irrigation engineer. Cotton devoted his life to the construction of irrigation and navigation canals throughout British India. His many projects averted famines and stimulated the economy of southern India. The Godavari River empties its water into the Bay of Bengal after flowing nearly fifty miles from the Dowleswaram Barrage. The village of Dowleshwaram is at a distance of eight kilometers downstream of Rajamundry.
Third special cover was on Bojjanakonda and Lingalametta Hillocks, Sankaram (Anakapalli). (Special Cover approval no. AP/10/2015).
Bojjannakonda and Lingalametta or Lingalakonda are two Buddhist sites which exist on adjacent hillocks near a village called Sankaram. It is located at about 45 km from Vishakhapatnam and just a few kilometers from Anakapalle. The sites are believed to date between 4th and 9th Century A.D, that was when at Sanakaram (Sangharam as it was called then) when the 3 phases of Buddhism (Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana) flourished.
On 16th May 2015, two special covers were released by Shri K. Somasundaram, Director Postal Services, Vijayawada, Dr. D. Vijay Kumar, President, Numismatic & Philatelic Society of East Godavari and other office bearers of society.
One special cover on Nada Yogi Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. Nedunuri Krishna Murthy was released. (Special Cover approval no. AP/12/2015)
Nedunuri Krishnamurthy (10 October 1927 – 8 December 2014) was an Indian Carnatic vocalist. He was born in 1927 at Kothapalli, Pithapuram Taluka, Godavari district. His father held a minor job at the estate of the Raja of Pithapuram. He was under influence of his mother who sang Ashtapadis, Tarangas and the Adhyatma Ramayana kritis. She had a great influence on him while growing up. Krishnamurthy joined the Maharaja's Music College at Vizianagaram in the year 1940 and received initial training in Violin and Vocal from the Dwaram Narasinga Rao Naidu. In 1949, he was influenced by carnatic vocalist, Sripada Pinakapani, and under his guidance developed his style of music. Krishnamurthy worked as Principal of S. V. College of Music and Dance, Tirupati; M.R.Government College of Music and Dance, Vizianagaram; Government College of Music and Dance, Secunderabad; and retired as Principal of G.V.R Government College of Music and Dance, Vijayawada in 1985. He was Dean of Faculty of the Fine Arts and Chairman of Board of Studies in Music of Sri Venkateswara University and Nagarjuna University.
Second special cover was on Kolleru Bird Sanctuary (Special Cover approval no. AP/11/2015).
Kolleru Bird Sanctuary is arguably one of the best fresh water lake sanctuaries in the Indian sub-continent. It includes a multitude of wildlife species that live inside the sanctuary. This wonderful park area is situated in the Deltaic region, between Godavari and Krishna rivers in Andhra Pradesh State. It is a paradise for many migratory birds from Egypt, Siberia, Australia and Philippines, that flock down in huge numbers during Indian winter season. This haven for birds is just 65 km from the Vijaywada city. Tourists, adventure travelers, nature lovers and environmentalists make it a point to visit this natural home for rare birds. Kolleru Bird Sanctuary was established in November 1999, under the Wildlife Protection Act in India. Tourists from around the world are aware of the popular bird sanctuary and its natural beauty. Birds like red-chested pod chards, storks, pintails, Ibises, teals, etc are found in great numbers at this lovely bird sanctuary. The natural cool breeze from the lakeside and the placid surroundings hold a magical appeal to the migratory birds. There is even a watch tower that helps the visiting tourists to observe the birds closely. This beautiful lake sanctuary is also called as Colair Lake by local people.
Exhibition was well attended by stamp, coin and currency notes enthusiasts. In competitive class 139 frames were exhibited out of which 116 frames were in senior class and 23 frames were in youth class. 26 frames were exhibited in invitee class.
Valedictory function was held on 17th May 2015. Shri Govinda Swamy, Commission, Municipal Corporation, Kakinada was the chief guest of function. The Jury panel consisted of Dr. D. Vijay Kumar, Chairman, Exhibition Committee, Mr. B. K. Nagpal of Hyderabad and Mr. Prashant H. Pandya of Vadodara. 4 first Prizes, 8 second Prizes, 14 third prizes were awarded in senior class and in junior class 2 second prizes, 2 third prizes and 8 consolation prizes were awarded.
Special Cover on 150th year of St. James’ School, Kolkata – 5th May 2015.
St. James' School, Kolkata is a CNI school, one of the oldest and most prestigious private schools in India. It is associated with the ICSE Board of Education. It was established in 1864. It was inaugurated by the then Most Revd. George Edward Cotton- the Bishop of Calcutta on 25th July 1864. The school was closed between 1904 to 1907 and 1918 – 1924 due to financial difficulties. Under the Rectorship of The Rev. Thomas H. Cashmore, the Vicar of St. James' Church it was reopened in 1924. Rev. Cashmore established a renaissance in the life of both church and school. The impact of World War II was felt in the period between 1942 and 1946. Air raid shelters were constructed in the school compound and the school premises requisitioned by the R.A.F. on rent. The boarders were sent off to Christ Church School, Jabalpore, and to Bishop Westcott School, Allahabad. The school itself functioned from two rented premises on Ripon Street and Lower Circular Road. The school moved back to its own premises in July 1947.
The school is associated with St. James' Church, Kolkata, which is a historic building. Over the period of 150 years this institution has shown a remarkable ability to bounce back in meeting the uncertainty of changing times, and its spirit of commitment and faith which characterizes the ethos of St. James School. To commemorate 150th year of St. James’ School, Kolkata a Special Cover was released at Kolkata on 5th May 2015. (Special Cover approval no. WB/05/2015)
Courtesy: Soumyajit Kundu, Kolkata
Postinfo- India Post Android Mobile App launched – 11th May 2015.
Hon’ble Minister of Communications & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad launched ‘Postinfo’ Android Mobile App of India Post on 11th May 2015 at e-Commerce Centre, Safdarjung , New Delhi-110003.
Postinfo, android mobile app developed by Centre for Excellence in Postal Technology (CEPT) provides the following facilities:
1. Tracking of articles: Users can view the status of various articles by entering the articles number and touching the Track button. User can save the screenshot of the results for future reference or to share it with others through email, Google drive, WhatsApp, Facebook etc.
2. Post office search: By entering first 4 character of the name of the Post office or by entering the Pin code users can get a list of matching Post offices. By clicking on the name of Post office user gets more details of Post office viz. contact details, name of the division etc.
3. Postage Calculator: It provided information about domestic postage to be paid for all types of articles based on the weight entered by the user.
4. Insurance premium calculator: Users can check the premium payable for all the types of Postal /Rural Postal Life insurance Policies on the basis of the input entered.
5. Interest calculator: By entering amount, it provides the interest rate for each savings scheme and maturity amount.
The app can be downloaded from Google Play Store
Photo Courtesy: PIB
Special Cover on Golden Jubilee Celebration of Rotary Bangalore North - 9th May 2015.
Rotary Bangalore North, the second oldest club in Bangalore City, was sponsored by Rotary Club of Bangalore. The club was officially inducted into the fold of Rotary on 9th May 1966 and the formal presentation of the Charter was made on 23rd June 1966.
Rotary Bangalore North, RI District 3190 formed a trust in the name of Bangalore North Rotary Trust and established the same in the year 1995 to manage an Eye hospital where a worthy cause was being pursued to fight against reversible blindness. The Rotary Eye Hospital at Rajajinagar Bangalore is dedicated to the cause of blindness control and cure. The hospital renders free service to the rural & urban poor through regular outreach camps held in the around Bangalore.
On the occasion of Golden Jubilee Celebrations a Special Cover was released on 9th May 2015 at GPO,Bangalore. (Special Cover approval no. KTK/41/2015)
Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru
Special Cover on 300th Anniversary of Arameri Kalancheri Mutt, Virajpet – 9th May 2015.
Kodagu King Sri Siri Bai Doddaveera Raja’s (A. D. 1681-1738) sister Nellammaji was married to a youth of Beppu Naadu. She became a widow at young age. She adopted spiritual life and to initiate through a teacher a mutt was built in 1690 at Arameri. The mutt follows the principles of Jagajyothi Basavanna. Sri Shanthamalla Swamiji opened the mutt to common people and also added an education institution in 1946. He made this “Arameri Kalamcheri mutta” as his abode of work.
On the occasion of tercentennial celebrations of Arameri Kalancheri Mutt and birth centenary celebrations of late Sri Shantamallaswami a Special Cover was released at Virajpet on 9th May 2015. (Special Cover approval no. KTK/42/2015). On this occasion Sri Lingarajendra Prasad Nilaya was also inaugurated. This hostel can accommodate 300 students. The Special cover depicts the image of the Sri Lingarajendra Prasad Nilaya and photo of Shantamalla swami with the image of the mutt in the backdrop.
Courtesy: Viswas Menon, Madikeri
Special Cover on Centenary year of Mahatma Gandhiji's first visit to Bengaluru - 8th May 2015.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi set his foot on Bengaluru for the first time on 8th May 1915, he was yet to be called Mahatma, but he wasn't an unknown name in Bengaluru. Gandhi's first visit to the city months after he returned to India from South Africa, is a tale punctuated with a display of simplicity.
Following his political guru Gopal Krishna Gokhale's advice, Gandhi was then touring the country to learn about its realities before plunging into politics. During that time, renowned Kannada writer and political activist DV Gundappa's (DVG) request that Gandhi inaugurate the Mysore Social Service League - created based on Gokhale's nationalist principles — brought him to the city, says historian Vemagal Somashekar.
A Special Cover was released to mark Centenary Year of Mahatma Gandhiji's first visit to Bengaluru at the function organized at Gyana Jyothi Auditorium, Bengaluru by Karnataka Chief Minister Shri Siddaramaiah in presence of Ministers Shri R. Roshan Baig, Shri H.K. Patil, Smt. Umashree, Chairman of Karnataka Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi (R.) Dr. H. Srinivasaiah, Chief Postmaster General, Karnataka Postal Circle Shri M. S. Ramanujan and others. (Special Cover approval no. KTK/40/2015)
Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru
New Publication: Meghdoot Postcards Guide (2002-2014)
Shri Purushottam Das Heda, philatelist from Hyderabad has released his first publication titled ‘Meghdoot Postcards Guide’ (2002-2014), Post Independence Postal Stationery of India, Part 1, providing complete listing of Meghdoot Postcards issued from 2002 to 2014. The book consists of 130 pages printed on art paper with multi-color illustrations priced at Rs. 650/- (US $30/-), postage extra.
This publication would be very much helpful to postal stationery collectors and especially those who are interested in Meghdoot Postcards. Author Shri Purushottam Das Heda can be contacted via email email@example.com or on mobile no. +919848089049.
40th Anniversary of Baroda Philatelic Society.
Baroda Philatelic Society was established on 27th April, 1975, with 17 founder members. It is one of the oldest Societies in the state of Gujarat.
Baroda Philatelic Society completed 40 years of its existence on 27th April 2015. A function was organized to celebrate 40th Anniversary of Society on 3rd May 2015 at Blue Lagoon Restaurant & Banquet, Vadodara.
Shri Vineet Mathur, Postmaster General, Vadodara Region and Shri Ganesh Sawaleshwarkar, Director, Postal Training Centre, Vadodara were present on the occasion as the Chief Guest and Guest of honour respectively. Shri Ashok Bayanwala, Senior Philatelist and honorary member of Society was also present on the dais with Shri Prashant Pandya, President and Timir Shah, Secretary of Baroda Philatelic Society. Function was well attended by members of society.
Shri Pandya brief about the society’s history and activities of society during last 40 years. Founder members, past presidents, vice presidents and secretaries of society were remembered on this occasion.
On the occasion a specially made Cake was cut by guests and one of the founder members of society Shri D. T. Desai.
Latest issue of Vadophil, quarterly newsletter of Baroda Philatelic Society with multicolour title pages was also released by the guests on the dais.
Shri Ganesh Sawaleshwarkar and Shri Vineet Mathur blessed the occasion and appreciated the activities of the society and congratulated all members for serving philately for the last 40 years.
Shri Timir Shah, Secretary, Baroda Philatelic Society, conveyed vote of thanks. Function was followed by dinner.
Special Cover on Golden Jubilee of Postal Training Centre, Mysuru – 20th April 2015.
Postal Training Centre Mysore is a premier Training Centre of Department of Posts that runs high quality training programs for postal personnel. In keeping with the mandate of the department of Posts to introduce large scale computerization and automation in postal Operations, PTC has equipped itself with the state of art computer training facilities and trains a large number of personnel in IT related activities. The Postal Training Centre at Mysore is housed in Karanji Mansion, which formerly belonged to Royal Family of Mysore. The campus is spread over an area of 31.5 acres with hostels, play-grounds and other amenities for trainees. The Postal Training Centre, which has been functioning from the Karanji Mansion since 20th April, 1965, celebrated its Golden Jubilee on 20th April 2015.
To commemorate the golden jubilee, a special cover on Postal Training Centre, Mysuru was released on 20th April 2015. (Special Cover approval no. KTK/39/2015)
Courtesy: Sushil Mehra, Bengaluru
Picture Postcards on Wooden Carvings at 'Karanji Mansion', Postal Training Centre, Mysuru.
The royal family of Mysore Maharajas constructed “Karanji Mansion", the construction of which was started in the year 1902 and completed in the year 1914. This palatial building was built for Krishnarajammanniyavaru, the second Maharajakumari, (second sister of the Maharaja); the land was acquired by Chamaraja Wadiyar, the Maharaja of Mysore, and further handed over the possession of the land to Princess Krishnarajammnniyavaru. "Karanji Mansion" was purchased by the Postal Department on 20th August 1964 from Smt. Rajukumari L Desaraj Urs, widow of late Col. Rajkumar C. Desraj Urs. and Rajkumar Prithviraj Urs son of late Col. Rajkumar C Desaraj Urs. Postal Training Centre is functioning in this building since 20th April 1965.
The building commands a vast setting and a view of Karanji Lake. The elevation is remarkable for highly ornate features and painstakingly executed embellishments - a variety of cusped arches and sun-shades, stone-hewn balconies, each resting on a lotus base, intricately carved stone columns, brackets and parapet merlons. A rich mix of Saracenic and Hindu elements, each somewhat overdone but all of them combining to produce a balanced and quaintly pleasing elevation. A Section of the Mansion show subtly varying stylistic features. The wing on the left is predominantly Rajasthani, with its lotus-based and curvilinear-chhajjaed balconies, while the entrance-porch block has dominant shades of the Saracenic - the slender- pillared twin arches, domicals and the Moorish lancet-windows. "Karanji Mansion" building has completed 100 years of it construction in the year 2014.
Karnataka Postal Circle has issued a set of 22 postcards on Wooden Carvings at Karanji Mansion, Postal Training Centre, Mysuru on 20th April 2015 on the occasion of golden jubilee of Postal Training Centre, Mysuru. Cost of postcards is Rs. 100 per set.
Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru
Indian Philatelic Fraternity lost 3 eminent philatelists.
Dr. D. J. Banerjee, Kolkata
Dr. D. J. Banerjee a veteran Airmail Philatelist passed away on 4th April 2015. He was ailing due to paralytic stroke 4 years back. He used to contribute articles regularly in the popular Bengali magazine 'ANANDA MELA' mainly for the young and budding stamp collectors, besides in many other magazines of international repute on his specialized subject, i.e. "Aero-philately".
Shri T. N. Prahlad Rao, Bangalore
Shri T. N. Prahlad Rao, veteran philatelist of Bangalore passed away on18th April 2015. He was a noted Olympic philatelist and active member of Karnataka Philatelic Society. He had won many awards for his collection on Olympic Games.
Shri B. B. Shahi, Varanasi
Shri Batuk Bhairo Shahi, popularly known as B. B. Shahi, doyen of Indian Philately and an expert of 1854 Lithograph stamps of India and classic period passed away on 22nd April 2015. At the age of 90 he was still dreaming of philately. Indian Philatelists’ Forum and Indian Philately Digest conveys heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and pray the almighty God to give their family members all the strength to bear the blow and may their departed soul rest in peace.